Where did our WRITERS go? I look at the list presented to me and I just see a lot of SOS!
Let me explain. I am follwoing over 800 people.
Normally, I can scan through the presented works and pull out several well-written and actually interesting articles to enjoy. At petty much any time.
Right now, if I don's want to cook anyhting or read a poorly copied discourse on a foreign city or resort, the pciking are pretty slim. I often have to dig through my favorite writers stuff to find anything really good. And, PLEASE, Do Not Tell me to use the Hub Hopper! Yech!
So, Where did the Writers Go?
Don, our fellow writers here at the hub pages have been leaving, and going elsewhere since last year. I've been keeping track of the statistics since last year, and they don't look good for the hub pages - http://goody5.hubpages.com/hub/Google-vs-the-Hub-Pages
It is not bad enough that it is a content mill but now Only a portion of our articles are featured. Hubpages pays too little for quality work. I have participated in discussions, conferences, and applied as an apprentice. Yet this site thinks I am not a serious writer. I am. So, I obtained a contract for a book with royalties instead.
Well Said, Leann2800! Well Said. The problem isbecoming so obvious that I am seriouly considering weaning myself off of the whole HP thing.
How did you find this book deal?
I do not think it to be fair to blanket all of Hubpages under the comments you have made. I read very good quality Hubs everyday. Hubpages, in my opinion, is full of very talented writers.
I am not blanketing the writers. There are quality writers on Hubpages. I blanket the corporation that makes millions off of the writers and pays pennies. Why shouldn't many leave just like Don has pointed out? They do, they are.
Don , I too feel that way and yet I also realize that our interests are what guide our reading , I am bored with life , whats your excuse !...lol.....Ed
I started on Hub Pages to gain confidence writing but as writing is now part of what I do for a living I use a lot of what I write for other things that earn me more because although hubs can earn over a long time, when I can get paid £40 or more for an article one off it is more practical for me when I have bills to pay and children to take care of.
I would love to make writing my full time job, I really did not know you can get paid £ 40 per article. I just started writing on the net a little more then a month ago. So far it has been mostly for fun. But if there is money to be made, Great
I write for magazines more than online.Many magazines have details and guidelines for freelance contributions and if not it is worth asking. You could also buy the Artist and Writers year book as it has details of publications and what they look for.
I would like to know exactly what hub topics you would like featured. You are a great writer and thinker. So, give me your insight.
As one who is new to Hub Pages, your question poses a dilemma for me. Should I invest my time and energy with HP or should I find other sources to hone my writing skills. I really like what I've seen so far, esp the community. As I continue to learn and experience more, I will be able to make an informed decision. In the meantime I would like to know where everyone else is going. LOL
LOL (your remark). They're scattering, but keep in mind that many signed up with "the old HP", which then turned into "the newer HP". If you liked what you saw when you joined more recently - different thing for you than for a lot of " oldies"
What is the difference between the new HP and the old HP....good or bad?
ladydeonne, neither good nor bad - just different now than five or six (or even two) years ago. Just depends on each writer's preferences/aims..
I have been here 3 years, and it has taken all that time for me to begin to see SOME income at all...even if it is only abut every 2 months....and still under $100..
BUT....now, things are changing, and that is again heading back downhill toward where I began. Instead of my hubs earning approximately $1 and change daily, so, for example, on the 4th of the month, I'd show $4. and change; now, I may show only $3. and change on the 5th of the month...so, I'm slowly but surely falling behind.
I originally found out about HP from a friend, and by the time I got everything figured out, and my proverbial ducks in a row, they changed the rules, and turned things upside down. Seems to be the story of my life--always a day late and a dollar short--I hear about something great--join up--just in time for the mine to tap out and things fall apart.
I'm beginning to think my time will be better spent trying the e-book route, and there may yet be one more hubber leaving...and taking her works elsewhere...but I've tried a few and looked at other online writing sites, and am not convinced any others are any better....not as long as the Google Nazis are in charge.
So.....at the moment, I am not wasting my time and effort writing any fresh content........
I have noticed many of the good writers leaving, but I still find many still writing. I have even found some new writers that are interesting. I have found some old writers that I did not know about. Look through the 'explore hubs' section to find some good Hubs, that is what I am doing.
I am a writer, and after almost 4 years on HP, I have decided to no longer be an active Hub writer, but I will shift to just reading the works available.
Just yesterday, HP unpublished one of my popular Hubs, for several non-sensical reasons; eBay ad content, Amazon ad content, etc.
I finally realize that my writing are only valuable to HP if they are "commercial" and true creativity is not valued at all, any longer..
From now on, I will watch HP evolve, either up or into their own abyss as I continue to write ..... my way..
I will be searching for another way for real writers to exhibit their creative works, and no longer try to drive my writings towards HPs meager profits.
Well...I'm admittedly biased...but I think I'm a pretty good writer! Ha! Of course, I'm brand new and have barely published anything at all on HP.
Honestly, I'm not sure how well I'll do here. I'm not terribly interested in SEO, and would rather just write for fun. I do write for money, but tend do to it elsewhere (print and online)...I figure that HP for me is kind of like a blog, except without that pesky "have to write about a niche" thing.
We'll see how things go!
Well Said, th luckywriter, wel said.
That is the way I started out myself. But, as I mentioned, HP seems to be pushing my creative works down and my commercial stuff up.
I never expected to "make big bucks" but it seems to be the big goals here now.
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